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'Psychotic' patients left with no running water

'Psychotic' patients left with no running water

Published: 11 Apr 2012 07:53 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 Apr 2012 07:53 GMT+02:00

“This is disastrous,” said nurse Corinna Jarfjord to Sydsvenskan newspaper.

“Many of these patients are psychotic, and don’t understand why the water’s not running.”

105 patients are cared for at the Sankt Lars clinic in Lund, southern Sweden, however this task has been no easy feat for the staff over the past two days.

The staff members have been forced to fetch water from a tank nearby so that the patients are able to use the facilities, and no extra nurses have been deployed to help.

According to the paper, the cause of the problem was a fire in a nearby school, where old pipes in the area burst from the increased pressure during the extinguishing of the fire.

Meanwhile, Jarfjord is furious and claims that the water supply should have been fixed a long time ago.

“If this was a major hospital, I am certain it would have been fixed within the hour,” she told the paper.

Nurses are concerned that the lack of water poses other problems too, as some of the patients have been known to set fires in their rooms. While Jarfjord acknowledges the clinic’s fire extinguishers should suffice, she claims it’s impossible to predict the possible damages if a fire begins.

Jarfjord is now threatening to close down the ward sections of the clinic if the pipes are not fixed on Wednesday, as has been promised.

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14:38 April 11, 2012 by gpafledthis
Get a grip !! Sounds like it's not the freaks freaking but the staff !! S--- Happens !!
15:14 April 11, 2012 by libertarianism
While this St. Lars story is indeed troublesome, another troublesome story is that of St. Lars patient Solvei Virtanen who, against her will, was forced to endure 125 electrical shocks in 2006 (alone) as treatment during forced state psychiatric care.

Of her "free" Swedish healthcare experience, Virtanen said "I feel that I was tortured. It was humiliating and inhumane."

Virtanen says her doctor often yelled at her and threatened her with additional shocks. In total, doctors have shocked Virtanen around 300 times, and as a result, she now has memory and concentration difficulties. Though Virtanen reported the doctor to police, she was ignored. Nothing was done.


St. Lars is the psychiatric division of Lund University hospital. St. Lars was a Christian martyr who was imprisoned, then burned to death on a grill. He is, thus now, the patron saint of cooks and chefs. Perhaps patients start fires in his honor?
21:41 April 11, 2012 by johan rebel
At least they wount be able to commit suicide by drowning.
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